LUL Trains, RMT Executive decisions
From RMT Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Cash
The following resolution has been received from London Transport Regional Council:
“This Regional Council condemns the arrest by BTP of Mark Harding, the RMT Branch Secretary of Hammersmith & City Branch. Mark was arrested despite only carrying out legitimate trade union activities whilst on the picket line outside his place of work.
We note the resolution from the London Transport Regional Council and wholeheartedly agree that the arrest by BTP of Mark Harding, the RMT Branch Secretary of Hammersmith & City Branch was a travesty of civil of liberties. Bro Harding was arrested despite only carrying out legitimate trade union activities whilst on the picket line outside his place of work. We agree that his detention for nearly 13 hours and the draconian bail conditions imposed were extreme to say the least.
This General Grades Committee is outraged at London Underground’s ‘employee bulletin’, dated 19 February 2014, announcing the imminent commissioning of driverless/cabless trains for the Piccadilly, Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo & City Lines.
We note the report from our Regional Organiser and the progress made in talks, and that London Underground Ltd has agreed to extend the period of our ballot mandate by 28 days. We note that the R.O. and the majority of representatives believe that sufficient progress has been made to suspend the industrial action and we therefore instruct the General Secretary to immediately advise the company and our members that the strike action due to begin at 12:00 on Wednesday 4 December 2013 is suspended.
We welcome the response from ASLEF, expressing its willingness to attend a meeting to discuss a joint campaign against driverless trains. We instruct the General Secretary to ensure that this meeting takes place as soon as practical, and to place a report in front of us.
London Transport Regional Council, branches and London Undergroundrepresentatives to be advised.
We note the correspondence from London Underground Ltd dated 29 October 2013.
We note that this letter does not give the assurance we requested that when LUL orders or commissions new train stock, these will include a driver’s cab, and instead states that the company ‘cannot rule anything in or out’.
We further note that the letter:
- refers to ‘pressure to be more efficient’ and to ‘get the best value for money from everything we get’, indicating that LUL’s decisions on this matter will be driven by a desire to cut spending and save money;
RMT Points Out To Management That On W&C We Are Balloting For Action Short Of Strike - Not Going On StrikeSubmitted by rmtlondon on 20 November, 2013 - 02:22
- Re-grading of waterloo & city line service control staff – london underground.
We note the correspondence from London Underground Ltd dated 15 November 2013. We instruct the General Secretary to reply, pointing out that our ballot is for action short of strike action, not for strike action as stated in the letter, and that our lead officer will attend the suggested meeting at a mutually-convenient time.
A report of this meeting is to be placed in front of us. London Transport Regional Council and branches to be advised.
We note the resolution from our Jubilee South branch. We share its concern at London Underground management’s attempts to impose a less safe procedure for dealing with defective Platform Edge Doors. Once again, the company appears to be seeking a pretext for cutting staff, regardless of the consequences for passenger safety.
We note the correspondence from London Underground Ltd and the report from our Regional Organiser advising his response. We endorse his call for adequate release to be granted to our representatives to enable us to proceed promptly with the important work of scrutinising the implementation of the S stock upgrade.
Reports and developments are to be placed in front of us.
We note the report from our Regional Organiser.
We therefore reaffirm our industrial action, and instruct the General Secretary to:
- Write to all LUL driver members by post reminding them of this industrial action, why it is in place and what they should do.
- Send an rmt mail to all LUL Station Supervisor members, explaining the action that drivers are taking.
- Place reports and developments in front of us.
London Transport Regional Council, branches and representatives to be advised.